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Citation Styles (MLA, APA)

MLA and APA are the two guides most often used for writing a bibliography (Works Cited page). Check with your instructor to find out which format is preferred for your class assignment.

Locate these guide books in the reference area of your library or use the examples linked below.
  • MLA Handbook. 8th ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2016.

  • American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author


Modern Language Association (MLA) Style
Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide
Examples provided by the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.


American Psychological Association (APA) Style
APA Citation Style 6th edition
A style sheet of print, non-print, and Internet examples prepared by Minnesota West librarians.

Purdue OWL: APA Formatting and Style Guide
Examples provided by the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.


Sample Papers

Annotations in the margins of these sample papers give advice about formatting and documenting papers in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.

APA Sample Paper
MLA Sample Paper 
Chicago (CMS) Sample Paper

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